VALLEJO, Calif. (KTVU and wires) – A stolen car pursuit ended Sunday night with an officer-involved shooting that left the suspect in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.
Vallejo police said the incident began at approximately 11:20 p.m. Sunday when patrolling officers in the area of Mayfair and Lassen Streets attempted to stop a 1991 Honda that had been reported stolen out of Pleasant Hill.
The driver of the car failed to stop and lead the officers on a pursuit through a esidential neighborhood at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour.
At the intersection of Clark and Lassen Streets, the driver abruptly stopped and began accelerating in reverse toward the officers.
As the officers were exiting their marked patrol car, the suspect rammed his vehicle into the patrol vehicle.
In an effort to stop the assault, the officers fired upon the suspect, striking him multiple times.
He was taken into custody and rushed to a local hospital. His condition on Monday morning was not immediately available.
The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Vallejo resident Gerald Robert Brown.
Brown has a 2012 conviction for a similar incident in which he attempted to strike Vallejo police officers with a vehicle as they were attempting to take him into custody. He served a prison term for that crime and was on parole at the time of this incident.
Brown was taken into custody for on assault with a deadly weapon charge.
In accordance with standard protocol, the two officers have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by a team consisting of investigators from the Solano County District Attorney's Office and the Vallejo Police Department.